Thomas Ravenel says allegations of assault at downtown home are untrue

Thomas Ravenel says allegations of assault at downtown home are untrue
Published: Oct. 22, 2014 at 7:28 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2014 at 11:04 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thomas Ravenel said allegations that he assaulted a woman at his home in downtown Charleston are untrue.

Ravenel said he is confident allegations made against him by a 32-year-old Moncks Corner woman are without merit and that the truth will come out.

This response came after the woman told police Ravenel assaulted her at his home on Charlotte Street last week. Police spoke to the woman who says she works for Ravenel's girlfriend, Kathryn Dennis, whom she claims is a friend of hers. The woman told police she was invited to the home on Oct. 17, but was concerned because she had previous run-ins with Ravenel who she said is unpredictable "especially when under the influence."

According to the victim, when she arrived at the home, the couple had not arrived so she relieved the nanny, who was with the couple's child, and waited for them to arrive.

After the pair arrived at the home, the victim told police she was having a conversation with Dennis outside when Ravenel "stormed out of the house" with his child and yelled at Dennis to come take care of the sleeping child, but then slipped and fell into the pool with the baby.

The victim took out her cell phone and started recording the incident because she said she felt "more was about to transpire," the report states.

According to the victim, as she was walking behind Ravenel into the house, he swung the door hard as if to close it, and the door hit her in the knee. When Ravenel saw that the door did not close, he turned and swung the door again, this time striking her on the inside of her right arm because she had her hand raised capturing video of the incident, the report states.

The victim told investigators that the door hit her so hard that it caused her to topple backwards down three steps and into some bushes.

A police report states the victim said after the incident, Ravenel went to the second floor of the home, while she attempted to "gather her thoughts" and insure that Dennis and the baby were okay.

The victim said Ravenel returned naked and carrying her belongings, and began screaming,"Bitch, get your stuff and get out." She told police she then gathered her belongings and left the home.

According to the victim, she was in pain the next day and went to seek medical treatment, but doctors confirmed she had no broken bones. Investigators saw bruising to the inside of the victim's right arm, the report states.

The victim told police she initially delayed reporting the incident because she wanted to think about it and wait until her emotions died down.

A police report states that the victim had video of the incident. Ravenel has not been arrested for the incident.

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